Selling off the plans: An artist's impression of Northlight Aparements, underway on a Fryer St site


A Queenstown planner/developer’s building an entry-level apartment complex just 10 minutes’ walk from the CBD.

Northlight Apartments consists of 10 boutique apartments over two levels in Fryer Street.

It’s being developed by planner Tim Williams and his wife Paula, and comprises one studio apartment, three one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedders ranging from 40 to 60 square metres.

Prices range from $459,000 for the studio to $759,000 for the larger two-bedders.

So far, two one-bedders and a two-bedder have sold off the plans, one buyer being an Aussie-based Kiwi expat.

Colliers Queenstown director Stephen Hebbend, who’s selling Northlight with his colleague Hugh Clark, says he’s getting enquiries from both would-be owner-occupiers and investors.

‘‘We’re dealing with so many Auckland enquiries at the moment, probably 80% with this development, in particular.’’

Adding value to the development is that the consent allows for visitor accommodation 365 days a year.

The apartments are split between two buildings, with the rear one, with a higher elevation, offering good views.

All but the studio has its own carpark, although walking’s likely to be a popular option.

‘‘Just having opportunities for people to live so close to town is pretty rare,’’ Williams says.

He’s lived in Queenstown for almost 20 years, originally working as planner for council or its former planning contractor, CivicCorp.

Since leaving council he’s been a private planner, latterly with his own firm, Williams & Co.

Hebbend says ‘‘his dedication as a planner has meant every aspect of the development’s planning has been closely scrutinised’’.

‘‘It’s fantastic to work with someone of his experience, who’s been exposed to many different developments.’’

Designed by local architectural designer Robbie Dick, the apartments face north to maximise the sun, and all have either a deck or a courtyard.

Hebbend adds: ‘‘With 10 units, you don’t have a body corporate of 100 other owners so you’ll know pretty much everybody.’’

The site’s been cleared, services have gone in, and the construction’s being handled by local builder Paul Preston.

Completion’s due late this year.